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The Hottest App in China Is Made by the Police, And Users Are Not Pleased

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Chinese residents say they are forced to install an anti-fraud app made by the police. Photo: Hector RETAMAL / AFP

Thousands of Chinese users have flocked to Apple’s app store to protest against an anti-fraud app developed by the police, accusing the government of forcing users to download the app and collecting personal data. 

Local authorities have been promoting the app, called “China anti-fraud center,” since it was launched last month by the Chinese police’s criminal investigation unit. Authorities said it was designed to protect people against internet scams.

While the app is now the most downloaded free app on the iOS app store in mainland China, many users have complained in the reviews that they were actually forced to…

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